Saturday, May 20, 2017

Chilean (18) is new World Amateur No 1

Meet the new World Amateur Ranking No 1, Joaquin Niemann from Chile.

 Niemann, pictured, spends many hours back home in Santiago, practising on the range at Club de Polo y Equitacion San Cristobal. On some days he beats balls into the evening, as the setting sun shines off the Andean Mountains that loom in the distance.
For the 18-year-old Niemann to be No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking is a tall feat for any amateur, let along a junior. Yet many familiar with the young prodigy are not surprised.
One college golf coach predicted Niemann would reach No. 1 in the world by the end of 2017 – Niemann smashed that expectation with months to spare.
“The first time I met him, I knew what he was capable of,” said Todd Timmerman, a longtime caddie at Sage Valley Golf Club who looped for Niemann in the last three Junior Invitationals at the Tony Graniteville, South Carolina club.
“In this game, some people have it and some people just play, and Joaquin has it. … You’re going to see Joaquin do many things, I promise it.”
Some would argue he already has. Niemann has a pair of IMG Academy Junior World Championship titles to his name, having won his age division in the prestigious junior event in each of the past two years. He narrowly missed out on two Masters berths at the Latin America Amateur, represented Chile at the World Amateur Team Championships, made the Round of 16 at both the Western Amateur and U.S. Amateur, and he won two Chilean professional events this year.



1 Joaquin Niemann (Chile)
2 Maverick McNealy (USA)
3 Sam Horsfield (England)
4 Dylan Meyer (USA)
5 Matthias Schwab (Austria)
6 Robert MacIntyre (Scotland)
7 Scott Gregory (England)
8 Collin Morikawa (USA)
9 Connor Syme (Scotland)



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